Apple Triumphs Over Samsung With Injunction Against Sale Of 10-Inch Galaxy Tab

Apple just scored a huge victory over Samsung and its 10-inch Galaxy Tab in a California Federal court. A judge ruled that Apple had made a “strong” claim that the Samsung tablet had copied its iPad design. This war has been waging since April of last year, when Apple sued Samsung, claiming the other company had ripped off its iPhone and iPad.

“Although Samsung has a right to compete, it does not have a right to compete unfairly, by flooding the market with infringing products,” U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh wrote in her decision, according to the Associated Press. During an earlier hearing, she had called the two tablets “virtually indistinguishable.”

In response, Samsung is all, “Whatever! We have other tablets we can sell, anyway.” It told the AP that it doesn’t think the ruling will “have a significant impact on our business operations,” because of all the other stuff it has to offer.

Although this is a nice win for Apple, it’s part of a huge patent battle between the two companies over their smartphones and tablets. Samsung’s Galaxy S III is nipping hard on the iPad’s heels, with a larger screen and a voice-controlled system to rival the iPhone 4S voice assistant, Siri.

Stores currently with Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablets in stock will be able to sell off what they already have. The 10.1 II version of the tablet won’t be in trouble, as its design is the result of a patent-related ban in Germany.

Apple wins injunction against Samsung Galaxy Tab [Washington Post]


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  1. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Oh goodie, I am the proud owner of a contraband item.

    Ok, come the hell on – ITS A TABLET. They’re all going to look similar. The tab doesn’t look ANYTHING Like an ipad, considering that its black on the back, says SAMSUNG in gigantic letters and has more than one button.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      But…but…but….it’s a flat thingy that does the Intertubes!


    • Jawaka says:

      Why is it so difficult for competitors to come out with product designs that don’t look like Apple products?

      • sagodjur1 says:

        Because Apple has claimed a design patent on a thin touchscreen device with rounded corners. For competitors not to “copy” that “revolutionary” design, they’d have to make a tablet that’s bulky and ugly. Apple doesn’t have a problem with copying competitors when it’s the one doing the copying.

        • Jawaka says:

          You see, I don’t blame Apple for this. If Apple filed a patent for a basic design and they were awarded it then they have a right to defend it. I’m ok with it if you want to complain about the patent system but again I have no problem with a company defending a patent that they were granted.

          • sagodjur1 says:

            Just because a system allows you to do something doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. You’re still ethically responsible for your own actions regardless of whether or not someone else let you do it. It’s just a weak variation on the Nuremberg Defense. Instead of “I was ordered to do it,” it’s “I was allowed to do it!”

      • rugman11 says:

        The problem is that Apple’s design is not unique, and they weren’t even the first to discover it. As Samsung argued, ineffectually apparently, You can see touchpad computers with black borders and beveling in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

        If you check this link (, you’ll see that tablet computers with black borders and beveled corners from 1994.

        This link ( demonstrates that the actual iPad as released actually differs significantly from the 2004 patent description and that Samsung table can be better seen as a successor to their digital picture frames.

        Design patents are notoriously tricky areas. Yes, most other tablets came out after the iPad, but Apple was not the first to use this design. There’s still another article that I can’t find at the moment from a hardware developer who documented his building of a tablet back in the late 1990s and he arrived at a very similar design to the iPad because it’s just good design.

        • Felix says:

          I have just checked your link out,and that it bears out, that Apple should have no case to sue Samsung. It`s has clear has daylight.
          I think this judge should toss the case out just based on this evidence.
          So if it was around in 1994 what`s Apple`s case.

      • YouDidWhatNow? says:

        …just to join the chorus…

        Because there’s nothing novel or even overly remarkable about the Apple designs…in fact, the patents that they’ve managed to be granted are utterly worthless from the standpoint of “things that should be patentable” – like “flat black surface” or “tablet with rounded corners with one button at the bottom.”

        Please. The patent system is irrevocably broken, and Apple knows it…and is using it as a weapon to it’s advantage. There is no virtue in what they’re doing here…

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        • Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:


        • justhypatia says:

          Why does Apple need to be more virtuous than everybody else?

          They’ve be sued (and had to pay out) on lawsuits that are just as silly (touchscreens and menus).

          Meanwhile Samsung is currently suing a subsidiary of Siemens on 8 of their 700(!) LED patents. I just sincerely doubt there 700, completely different, remarkable and novel ways to design an LED.

          You’re asking them to sit there while they get the stuffing beat out of them on patent lawsuits while everybody else goes to crazy town suing anyone they can.

    • elangomatt says:

      add to your differences between iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that the Tab has zero buttons on the front bezel, the default orientation is landscape for the Tab instead of the portrait on the iPad, and the biggest one to me is that the screen is the different aspect ratio (3×4 for ipad and 16×9 for the Tab I think).

    • shreyas208 says:

      For what it’s worth, when this same Judge held up the two tablets in court and asked a Samsung lawyer if he could distinguish which tablet was which, he replied “Not at this distance, your honor.” (The distance was reportedly 10 feet) Then she asked “Can any of Samsung’s lawyers tell me which one is Samsung and which one is Apple?” A moment later, one of the lawyers supplied the right answer. With a rock solid case like that, I’m shocked that Samsung lost.

  2. Hi_Hello says:

    “virtually indistinguishable.”… really? I could tell the difference….

    i wonder if this will increase sales of the remaining 10.1

  3. bnceo says:

    Seems that all the Apple fanboys are jumping for joy and yet they don’t realize this is only for the first version of the Tab. Only probably seen in pawn shops now. Tab 2 is fine.

    • Jawaka says:

      If this is such a minor victory then why are Apple haters so butthurt about the decision?

      • RayanneGraff says:

        because it’s bullshit that Apple is getting away with blatant, frivolous patent-trolling…? Because they play dirty, suing their competitors for ridiculous things like this whenever they feel threatened…? Because they’re sneaky little rat-dicks who stole all their original ideas to begin with & present themselves as the leaders of innovation…?

        But go ahead, keep hugging your overpriced iShit & feeling smug.

        • Jawaka says:

          lol the only Apple product that I own is my old Apple II.

          I’ve never got into the tablet craze and my Android phone does everything that I need. I may not buy into Apple’s PR but I still respect the company for everything that they’ve done.

      • ILoveBacon says:

        It’s not “Apple Haters” who are upset, it’s proponents of common sense who are outraged, here. People who believe that there should be no patents on the most generic of phone designs. Not only generic, but so broad that it even covers a design of different screen size, aspect ratio, and button layout.

  4. Coffee says:

    Never mind that the Samsung uses a completely different operating system than the Apple. Ugh…fun stuff. Good to see that the 10.1 II won’t be affected.

    • huadpe says:

      This is a design patent, it covers strictly the ornamental appearance of the case without regard to how it works.

      • Coffee says:

        Didn’t realize that when I posted. Then I’ll just revise my statement to read: see posters above who easily showed how absurd that patent it ;)

        • Jawaka says:

          So absurd that it was granted.

          • RayanneGraff says:

            And there have also been burglars who successfully sued their victims because they were injured in their house, the process of robbing them. Your point?

            • Jawaka says:

              My point is that it couldn’t have been that absurd of a patent application if the patent was granted.

              So what’s your point?

  5. BrownLeopard says:

    I love my 10.1 except for 1 thing: Samsung stiffing us on our 4.0 ICS update. I want my cams working, so I haven’t modded it with CyanogenMod.

    • blogger X says:

      Didn’t they annouce its coming?

      Doesn’t matter anyway, still 1 OS system behind…Sorry I had to :-)

  6. Blueskylaw says:

    The following video of Steve Jobs was shot during the 1996 filming of “Triumph of the Nerds”.
    In the video below, Jobs references a quote from Picasso and states, “Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

    That is all.

    • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

      “Don’t you dare rob me of what I have rightfully stolen!”

    • YouDidWhatNow? says:

      Careful…you’re going to rattle the fanbois reality-distortion field…

  7. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    Yay for patent trolls.

    We should just let everybody get everyone else’s products banned based on moronic patents they hold. Once nobody can sell anything, then we can dismantle the existing cretinous patent system and rebuild it, hopefully staffed by people who aren’t utterly incompetent.

    • Jawaka says:

      Patent trolls generally don’t have a product. They just purchase patents with no intention of actually manufacturing a product in order to sue people who infringe on the patent.

      Apple creates products and then patents the designs for them.

      • RayanneGraff says:

        Apple steals ideas and technology & hopes nobody will notice, then they file incredibly vague patents & frivolous lawsuits against anyone who makes a rectangular device with a touch screen.

        There, FTFY.

        • justhypatia says:

          The only other company Apple has sued over patent infringement is HTC, and it had nothing to do with the touch screen.

          But you know, don’t let facts get in the way.

        • Jawaka says:

          What did Apple supposedly steal in the last 10-20 years and if they really did steal something then why didn’t the actual IP owners sue them for all they were worth?

  8. Bladerunner says:

    This is ridiculous.

  9. PunditGuy says:

    Too bad the court didn’t buy the “2001: A Space Odyssey” argument. Would have been cool.

  10. Mr_Magoo says:

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh … called the two tablets “virtually indistinguishable.”

    Has this judge walked through a Best Buy recently? TVs from different manufacturers are virtually indistinguishable from one another. What’s going to happen if Apple really comes out with a TV – are they going to start suing every other TV manufacturer who uses flat screens and rounded corners?

    • Felix says:

      Yes Mr Magoo i agree with you one hundred percent. The other TV manufacturers will have to change their screens to a triangle. When the Beatles took Apple to the high court in London. The judge bottled up,because if he ruled in favour of the Beatles he would have had to shut iTunes down.

    • StarKillerX says:

      “…are they going to start suing every other TV manufacturer who uses flat screens and rounded corners?”

      Well, now you’ve opened yourself up for an lawsuit by Apple for revealing their future business plans.

      • clarkis117 says:

        Oh shit moment… by lawsuit, I think you mean apple is going to use their deives to track you down and make you redact that statement or you will disappear into the iWorld

    • RayanneGraff says:

      I have a sneaking suspicion this judge is an iFan who would have ruled in Apple’s favor no matter what.

  11. Panzer_Meyer says:

    Perhaps Daimler Benz should sue all automakers for manufacturing cars since they invented the automobile, and all cars resemble one another.

  12. gedster314 says:

    Mary, did you write this while you were watching TV or while you were sleeping? There are some huge mistakes in context. One of your quotes is completely wrong and seems like you were trying to bias it in the opposite direction. The GS3 is not nipping at the heels of the iPad, it’s a F’n phone!

    I’ve played with several Samsung tablets and yes Samsung copied the iPad, they are rectangular, have a glass display, battery operated and are touch based. I smell a payoff or a clueless judge.

    I have owned IPhones before but am a big Android fan have been very happy with my GS2 and now GNote. For the record, I am commenting from an IPad,

  13. ironflange says:

    I have to admit that they look the same from the front, but I really doubt the flip side of the Samsung sports an Apple logo.

    • cyberpenguin says:

      It’s not about logos. It’s about being rectangular with rounded corners, since no other company but Apple has ever designed a rectangular display.

  14. wombats says:

    Without Stevie around we have been confused by other shiny products and have heard that there may be another company out there that makes products. This scares and confuses us and we need the comfort of ensuring that no other products exist. Please help us cleanse the marketplace. We will also be investigating this product called “paper” and be creating an injunction as soon as possible.

  15. Lyn Torden says:

    I’m sure this is not good for consumers (reducing competition is always bad). But I’ve yet to see an article say exactly what it is Apple thinks is infringing. Most of the time these patent suits are about something that’s more obvious and less innovative.

  16. Foot_Note says:

    thank god the judges way back when decided against apple in the looknfeel in the 80s.. or apple would be only gui..

    • cyberpenguin says:

      Apple’s MacOS and Xerox’s Star, since Star was what MacOS copied the look and feel from.

  17. Quake 'n' Shake says:

    Well, this is awkward. Samsung manufactures the A5 series chips used in the iPads. They also make the new iPad screens.

    • clarkis117 says:

      Looks like their is going to be a shortage soon

    • RayanneGraff says:

      They’re biting the hand that feeds them, for sure. I hope Samsung completely severs all business ties with Apple, just so they have to squirm & scramble to find new suppliers. Pricks.

    • frodolives35 says:

      In this corner. I would buy tickets to that if it double billed McDonalds vs Monster Cable.

    • shreyas208 says:

      But making chips and screens for Apple is huge for Samsung with the kind of numbers they have

  18. Elder Feller says:

    What next Apple? Will you be taking all of the laptop manufacturers to court because they also have a hinge so that people can open them up and have access to a keyboard and view the screen?

    • Princess Beech loves a warm cup of treason every morning says:

      Next they will sue people who eat apples because they are infringing on their symbol of a slightly heart-shaped fruit with a concave corner indicative of a bitten-off portion of a certain fruit?

      • RayanneGraff says:

        They’ll just start filing suit against anyone who takes a single bite out of an apple. All apple-eaters will be required to finish the whole thing, lest the silhouette of their unfinished afternoon snack infringe on Apple’s trademarked logo.

  19. clarkis117 says:

    Wow… they look different and don’t even have the same hardware in them, how is that copying? This sounds like Apple using the court to squash competitors… *Facepalm*

  20. quail20 says:

    I’ve chatted with iPhone lovers who made the switch to a ‘good’ Android like HTC, and have always gotten the response, “Why didn’t I do the switch sooner?” I too like Apple, but have always wondered what it is with the company and their – You get what we want you to get! – mentality.

    I hope this ruling pushes Samsung to release their next tablet that much sooner. It’s already selling in Germany, right?

    PS. The only people to win in these types of copyright squabbles are the lawyers.

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  22. PragmaticGuy says:

    I’m sure Samsung will still sell defect free chips and screens to Apple for their IPads. But maybe Samsung isn’t going to lose all that much money since Apple only had to put about $12 million in escrow to pay Samsung should they lose the next case that’s scheduled for July.

  23. Dirk Daring says:

    I think I’m one of the few people in the world who has never purchased an Apple product. They make great stuff, but I’ve always found something that does the same thing and often better for cheaper. But I doubt this will hurt Samsung too much, the newer Tab will be in overdrive production now.

    • rmorin says:

      The only apple product I ever bought was an (Used) ipod 4th gen nano. I have to say it is by far the best MP3 player I’ve ever owned. Fantastic interface.

      Let it be known I’m not an apple fan boy. I work at a University. Why the !@#$ does a college freshman need a $1200+ Mac? Unless they are doing video/music editing, a $500 windows laptop does facebook and microsoft office just as well.

  24. Fixxxer says:

    I hope Paramount Pictures sues Apple for copying the design of the PADD from Star Trek.

  25. Felix says:

    What about the humble light bulb.
    It`s made in all shapes and sizes,and produced by a lot of companies.
    I have never heard anything about them suing each other in court battle`s